With Benny gone and our next departure still a week away, we had a brief lull to remember what summer in Fairbanks is like. We also caught up a bit with a few old friends and Turner had the chance to visit with his friends too. In between we shopped for food for the next phase of the trip (about 160 man-days worth) and began considering how to package this for air-drops. I stitched a few of my high resolution panoramas – composed of 300 to 500 shots each – and was relieved to learn that they stitched beautifully for the most part. I’ll try to upload them in the next week, but they are multi-gigabyte files and I may not have the chance.
Turner: “What a concept – you can jump and land on something soft!”.
Jason and Joey seem to be doing well on the glacier. They’ve been busy at the terminus and also on the glacier doing mass balance and velocity surveys. They also reported seeing a black wolf on the glacier. Jason was up early to take advantage of the hard snow, but noticed him loping up towards the lower cirque where he was planning to go. But rather than go up and over Bravo Pass, he turned around and found a nice big rock near the stream at the confluence to take a nap on. Apparently it was a bright sunny day, and he zonked out for several hours. Jason decided to leave him be until he woke up on his own, but eventually the need to get some work done was too great to ignore and they tried to sneak around him on their way to the lower cirque. Despite their care, the wolf detected them and attacked viciously. Jason’s left arm was nearly ripped off, and when Joey tried to help, he went for her jugular. Actually, the satellite phone call was a little garbled, and it could be that he just ran off, up and over the middle cirque. But then my new favorite TV show began and I had to hang up before I could clear the confusion.
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Sunday, 13 July 2008 22:04
Day 82-83: Settling into civilizationWritten by Matt Nolan
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